I Just Couldn’t Do It

September 15, 2011

With the new release of Sailor Moon by Kodansha coming out this week, my Twitter feed has been full of tweets from people really excited by it. I know Sailor Moon is a big deal to a lot of people. It’s a classic in the magical girl genre, and it was a gateway to anime and manga for many folks. But it wasn’t for me. I never watched the anime, and new nothing about the manga release, as it was before I started reading manga seriously. I knew about it of course. I first heard about it from a friend in the 90s. He was reading the Japanese manga volumes obsessively at SDCC. I didn’t get the appeal for it then, and I still don’t get the appeal for it now.

Anyway, I had the chance recently to pre-order the first volume. Twice, in fact. But, I just couldn’t do it. I will admit to some curiosity about the series. I know basically what it’s about, but I have too much doubt about how I would react to it. I’ve never been impressed by the synopses I’ve read about it. And the last thing I need is to buy a book that I don’t know if I’m going to like. My time and space is already very limited. Adding Sailor Moon, with my mind already fairly set against it isn’t going to help things. Now, I know I can be wrong. I thought I would hate Yu-Gi-Oh!, thanks to the TCG hype and anime, but I actually ended up really liking the manga. I know Sailor Moon could turn out to be like that, but I just couldn’t get myself to take the chance.

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1 Comment for this entry

  • Cephus says:

    The problem is, Sailor Moon isn’t a classic. That honor goes to shows like Minky Momo and Creamy Mami and Magical Emi, shows that actually defined the genre. Sailor Moon is just a show that came along later and used the same established elements. Just because a show is old doesn’t make it a classic. No matter how old it gets, some shows just don’t qualify because they brought nothing new to the genre.

    Come on, in 20 years are some of the really awful shows on today going to be “classics” just because they’re old?

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